• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts

This course will discuss objects and the relationship of people to objects. It will examine key moments in the history of objects over the past two centuries, with an emphasis on the post-war period and the current moment. Starting from motions of the object motivated by and motivating particular modern and contemporary art and craft practices, the course will examine the production, consumption and distribution of objects, and the ways in which they have been collected, categorised and otherwise deployed to produce meaning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects in visual art discourse.
  2. Apply relevant theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects to contemporary visual art discourse.
  3. Present written and oral arguments about theories of objects and their relationship with visual culture.
  4. Compare and evaluate important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects in visual arts discourse.

Indicative Assessment

Oral Presentation, 15 minutes, and comprehensive notes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Essay, 4,500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2030, ARTV6030 or ARTH2164.

Preliminary Reading

Appadurai, A., 'Introduction: commodities and the politics of value', In A. Appadurai, (ed), The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective, Cambridge U. P., 1986.

Course readings will be available on the Wattle

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4634 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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